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FEB.15, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

FEB.15, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
Reminder
We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day, “Thy will be done.” We are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions. We become much more efficient. We do not tire so easily, for we are not burning up energy foolishly as we did when we were trying to arrange life to suit ourselves.
1976, 2001 AAWS
Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 87-8
It works – it really does.
F I T​=Faith, Intuition, and Trust
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VERNON HOWARD
“WHAT AN AWAKENED MAN SEES
Ronald asked, ‘What does an awakened man see that other people
do not perceive?’
 
‘He is like an observer standing on a hilltop, watching the frantic
chasings of men and women on the prairie below. Among other insights,
he sees these hypnotized men setting traps for each other. The traps
are always attractively decorated, to make them appear beneficial.
The awakened man sees clearly all the resulting heartache. You may
ask why he does not shout down to them a warning of what they do to
each other. He does, but here we meet one of the peculiar features
of the tragedy. Man is unable to hear. He is spiritually deaf.’
 
‘But those who listen will hear. These people neither set traps nor
fall into them.’
 
Self-awakening enables you to see the human scene as it is, not as
it appears to be, which frees you of its chaos.”
Inspire Yourself, p. 130
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The Serenity Prayer
 
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 
remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you 
and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).
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We have within us, a power that is greater than anything we shall ever contact in the outer, a power that can overcome every obstacle in our life and set us safe, satisfied and at peace, healed and prosperous, in a new light, and in a new life.
Ernest Holmes
I was checking out the ingredients in a bottle, 
it had alcohol in it.For a moment I just stood 
there, it was like the bird was in its nest. 
A sponsee called right after that she was drunk. 
Anonymous 

Superman didn’t become Superman. Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he’s Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red “S”, that’s the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears – the glasses, the business suit – that’s the costume. That’s the costume Superman wears to blend in with us. Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent. He’s weak… he’s unsure of himself… he’s a coward. Clark Kent is Superman’s critique on the whole human race.

Quentin Tarantino
I speak of plural souls in name alone – 
One soul becomes one hundred in their frames; 
Just as God’s single sun in heaven 
Shines on earth and lights a hundred walls 
But all these beams of light return to one 
If you remove the walls that block the sun 
The walls of houses do not stand forever 
And believers then will be as but one soul 
Masnavi 4: 415-18
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 45 Insights
“God is the Mind with which I think.”
Many times when I go into meditation, I ask Jesus to help me move through the clouds. If a particular cloud seems to attract me, I ask Jesus to help me see it differently. It happens differently in different situations. Sometimes we talk about it together and I am given a new perspective in how to view the situation. Sometimes I am given insight into what would be most helpful. Sometimes the cloud just seems to disappear. It’s just gone. And then we continue through the clouds. Jesus always leads me to deeper layers of peace.
 
Sometimes he gives me images where we come to a beautiful, inviting, warm pool of peace and we step in together gradually going deeper, allowing ourselves to feel the presence of God’s peace a little more and then a little more. I find that Jesus or the Holy Spirit is very gentle in leading me into the truth of my Being. Jesus knows that we have all the time we need. He asks a little willingness of me and then he takes over. I have learned to trust his lead. He brings me to deep layers of happiness. All sense of problems disappear. He knows me better than I know myself. I can trust him.
 
When I get involved in the world of form, I lose all sense of what is eternal, what is real. I need these times of following Jesus. Jesus leads me to the place in my mind where truth resides. It is a place past form and cannot be described. This place in my mind is always there. It never changes. I am nurtured and sustained here. I feel loved and loving in this place. This is what true sharing is. We share one mind. There are no differences. We are one Light. There is no distance between us.
 
By taking time to rest with Jesus, I can then return to my job in the world being refreshed and reminded of what is real. I can take the peace that I feel with me and practice receiving and extending the peace that is real. I need this practice of diving into that pool of peace often. It brings me the stability and strength. It brings me consistency. It brings me what I need. As I continue on in this “life,” I am so grateful for the help I receive each day and for the pool of peace that is always there to join with each day. There is nothing more important than this. This is real mind healing training, and I need it every day.
 
This lesson shakes up all of my ideas about the reality of my thoughts. It is telling me all the thoughts that I have thought were real are not real. If God is the Mind with which I think, then the thoughts of that Mind must be holy. They must see only oneness, only innocence and offer only Love. I have to admit that except for momentary flashes of holy instants, my thoughts do not fit this description.
 
Yet I am assured that my mind is part of God’s. So beneath the thoughts I am aware of are my holy thoughts. Just because I have covered them over with unreal thoughts doesn’t mean that they are not there. It just means I am not aware of them. Lack of awareness is not justification for guilt, although the ego will tell me it is. It just means I need to learn to be aware. That is what these lessons are here to teach me, and I am deeply grateful for them.
I want the peace of God and that peace is found in the thoughts I share with God. I want to reach those thoughts and so I am dedicated to practicing these lessons as much as I can. Each time I encounter resistance, I acknowledge it and step past it and keep on practicing. That is my job, my purpose. I am assured that it is God’s will that I receive His peace and so it is inevitable that I will succeed. Thank you God.
 
I continue to see the depths of my guilt. I see all the horrible things that I can imagine happening to me as another form of punishment that my ego creates to show how bad I am and how much I should be punished. But my real thoughts are in my mind. I would like to find them. And so I sit with this lead ball in my mind and I know that just beyond the cloud is the sunshine and all of the Love and the peace and the clarity and the benevolence of the mind of God. These lessons are very powerful. They bring up all of what’s in the way of thinking with the mind of God. Thank God for the Holy Spirit. He shows us the way. He takes our hand and walks us through the clouds. All we need do is ask.
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Paramahansa Yogananda
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